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Signs You May Have a Loose Filling

Posted on 11/16/2020 by Winning Smile Dental Group
As much as it can be evident that a filling can become loose or falling out, at times, it can be very hard to tell. It is the signs and symptoms that will tell you if you have a loose filling. The main reason behind this is because a tooth filling is a temporary restoration that cannot last forever. The filling can fall out because of several reasons such as biting on hard and chewy substances, tooth decay that forms around the restoration, or simply because you've had the filling for several years, and it has become weaker over time. The following are the most common sign of loose filling. Sudden Pain in Your Treated Tooth When you feel pain from the tooth that has the filling, it might be a sign of the filling starting to fall out, cracking, or becoming loose. It is instantaneous, and most people feel it when they are chewing on substances. The pain will keep on worsening with time, and when left untreated, it will become severe. Small Hard Objects in Your Mouth After biting on something, you will feel some small hard particles in your mouth; this signifies the filling's disintegration. Most of the time, you will feel this when you are eating. It is often uncomfortable and makes most people even stop eating because they always swallow the filling. Experiencing Tooth Sensitivity When you take cold or hot drinks, you will experience some sudden sensitivity. It means that the filling is falling out, and most probably, there is a tooth hole once again. The pain felt ranges from mild discomfort to intense pain. Most of the time, you will feel it throbbing. You can feel your teeth and feel it as a crack or a hole; it means that you need to do the filling again. For more information on how to take care of your filling, contact us....
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How Can You Tell if You Grind or Clench Your Teeth?

Posted on 11/9/2020 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Some people don't realize they grind or clench their teeth unless they are diagnosed with bruxism. However, you can spot bruxism signs early if you learn more about the development of the problem. What Are the Telltale Signs of Grinding or Clenching the Teeth? According to the site, WebMD, most people grind or clench their teeth when sleeping, so they do not know they have a problem with bruxism. The site states that grinding or clenching the teeth occasionally will not cause harm. However, if it becomes a regular occurrence, dental damage results and oral health complications emerge. Normally, stress leads to bruxism, and may be caused by a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, or by an abnormal bite. If you have sleep problems and an abnormal or misaligned bite and experience a sore jaw or constant or dull headache, you could have the problem. Further, if you notice abnormal wear on your teeth, you should see if it is due to bruxism. Other More Advanced Problems Further problems caused by grinding and clenching the teeth at night include tooth fractures, or even the loosening or loss of teeth. In some instances, a person with chronic bruxism can easily wear down their teeth to stumps. If you end up with these problems, you will need to see about restoring your smile with bridges, root canal treatments, crowns, implants, partial dentures, or even full dentures. In addition, severe cases of grinding and clenching can trigger TMJ or TMD as well as change your facial profile. It helps to find the reason for tooth grinding. Is it because of a bite problem, insomnia, or stress? If stress is the cause for bruxism, you need to learn methods for reducing stress and cut back on foods or drinks that contain caffeine. In addition, avoiding alcohol and learning to relax the jaw muscles can help lessen instances of grinding and clenching. If you believe you may have bruxism, give us a call so we can determine if you do have the condition. Don't ignore any telltale signs, as bruxism can drastically impact your oral health....
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Dingy Smiles Can Make You Look Less Healthy

Posted on 10/19/2020 by Winning Smile Dental Group
A white, straight smile is both beautiful and warm. It epitomizes good health. When your smile fades or becomes yellow or discolored, it can take away from your appearance. That is why we offer in-office bleaching – a way to recapture your once-youthful smile. Why Do Teeth Become Dull or Discolored? Over time, the teeth may start to lose their sparkle. This can happen for one of several reasons. If you smoke, tobacco can yellow and discolor the teeth, making them look dingy. It can also lead to gingivitis and tooth loss. So, if you smoke, it is better for your dental health and overall well-being to quit. Also, as we age, our enamel tends to get more porous, which leads discoloration. Foods and drinks, such as red wine, coffee, berries, and other dark-colored foods can dull your pearly whites. How Does In-office Whitening Work? If you choose to whiten your dingy teeth, you can do so quickly by selecting in-office whitening. This whitening process is closely monitored so we can check on any sensitivity to the whitening solution. We begin the whitening process by applying a protective gel to the gums to safeguard them against irritation. The gel is evenly applied before a light is used to accelerate whitening. Some patients ask about a take-home whitening kit because it is less expensive. This kit comes with a whitening tray that holds a whitening gel. The tray fits over the teeth. You can have a whiter looking smile. You just need to know more about your whitening choices. For the best results, it is best to choose in-office whitening. We know what it takes to produce an even more winning smile. Call us today to schedule a whitening session or a professional cleaning. If you want to look healthier and more attractive, a good place to begin is with your smile....
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All Posts:

Signs You May Have a Loose Filling
11/16/2020
How Can You Tell if You Grind or Clench Your Teeth?
11/9/2020
Dingy Smiles Can Make You Look Less Healthy
10/19/2020
Flossing Technique Helps You Get the Most Out of It
10/5/2020
Why Keep My Records Current?
9/21/2020
Environmentally Friendly Toothbrush Options
9/7/2020
Fiber Can Help Improve Your Teeth Heres How
8/24/2020
What Does an Intraoral Camera Actually Do?
8/10/2020
Are Tongue Piercings Safe for your Mouth?
7/23/2020
Ice Can Lead to Extensive Oral Damage if Chewed
7/7/2020
Top Three Signs of Gum Disease
6/22/2020
Times Where You May Want a Glass Filling
6/8/2020
Things to Do to Keep Your Jawbone Strong
5/25/2020
The Benefits of Getting Your Teeth Whitened in Our Office
5/11/2020
Signs of Microdontia
4/20/2020
Reasons Your Mouth May Experience Bone Loss
4/6/2020
Is Too Much Toothpaste a Problem?
3/23/2020
Ice is Not Meant for Chewing
3/9/2020
I Think My Tooth Just Went Numb, What Do I Do?
2/29/2020
How Your Teeth Need to Be Treated Right After Whitening
2/15/2020
Reasons Teeth May Hurt When Waking Up Each Day
1/25/2020
How to Brush Effectively as Age or Physical Injury Limits Mobility
1/15/2020
Understanding How Hard Bristled Brushes Damage Your Enamel
12/25/2019
Top Reasons to Fear Someone Using Your Toothbrush
12/15/2019
Is It Safe to Share a Toothbrush?
11/25/2019
How to Handle Fear of Coming to Our Office
11/15/2019
Snoring Needs to Be Checked Instead of Just Ignored
10/25/2019
How to Keep Your Mouth Healthy During Illnesses
10/15/2019
What to Know About Cavity Treatment
9/25/2019
How Long Should You Expect Whitening from Our Office to Last?
9/15/2019
Is Produce Able to Help You Floss if You Can't?
8/25/2019
How to Make Good Oral Choices When Snacking
8/15/2019
Drinks You Should Avoid to Keep Your Oral Health Up
7/23/2019
Does Eating More Fiber Help Keep Your Oral Health in Good Standing?
7/13/2019
Mouthguards Can Help You Sleep if You Snore or Struggle to Breathe
6/25/2019
How You Develop More Cavities by Sleeping with Your Mouth Open
6/15/2019
When Is the Last Time You Brushed the Roof of Your Mouth?
5/25/2019
What White Bread Can Do to Damage Your Teeth
5/15/2019
It Is Important You Do Not Bleach Your Teeth Too Much
4/25/2019
Is Beet Sugar Any Safer for Your Teeth?
4/15/2019
TMJ Issues Can Leave You with Ringing Ears
3/30/2019
Times Where You Need to Consider Covering Cosmetic Dental Issues with Veneers
3/20/2019
Crowns Need Special Care or They Could Break
2/25/2019
Crooked Teeth Can Lead to Many Oral Health Problems
2/15/2019
Managing the Pain of a Dental Abscess
1/30/2019
Lowering How Much Sugar You Consume Can Help Improve Your Oral Health
1/20/2019
What Options Do You Have for Tooth Whitening Procedures?
12/30/2018
What Missing Teeth Do to Facial Aesthetics
12/20/2018
Battle Bad Breath with Foods You Eat
11/30/2018
As a General Dentist, We Can Help with a Wide Array of Dental Problems
11/20/2018
Signs Your Enamel is Starting to Get Weak
10/20/2018
Do You Really Need to Use a Tongue Scraper?
9/30/2018
Do You Need a Fluoride Supplement?
9/20/2018
What to Look for When Buying a New Toothbrush
8/30/2018
What to Eat to Quickly Freshen Your Breath
8/20/2018
The Importance of Good Oral Health if you Have a Blood Disorder
7/20/2018
How Does Tooth Loss Affect Seniors?
7/10/2018
Many People Do Not Have Their Oral Health Prioritized Properly
6/23/2018
How to Get Past the Fear of a Root Canal
6/13/2018
Does Warm Weather Actually Harm Your Mouth?
5/23/2018
Does Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste Really Help?
5/13/2018
Does It Hurt to Floss Too Much?
4/20/2018
Dangers of Brushing Your Teeth Too Often
4/10/2018
Times Where Gingival Contouring Could Improve Your Oral Health
10/30/2010

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